As I wrote last month I have been dabbling with Mike Campbell’s Glossika courses. I continue to be impressed. I can honestly say that I have made more progress in less time with Glossika than I have with any other language method. It’s not perfect, but for a motivated learner with limited time and some background in the target language, it is very, very efficient and worthwhile.
Shortly after I published last months post, Mike Campbell posted a video on his site on how someone could use a Glossika course with NO background in a language. He outlines his own experience with Armenian and how he dove into it in the video below.
One of my initial criticisms of Glossika was that it is not suitable for absolute beginners. Mike has proved to me through his beginners method above that it IS possible. (Thanks Mike!) Clearly it does take much more work as an absolute beginner, but clearly it can be done.
So yes, I have become addicted to Glossika. Since my last post I have purchased the Swedish and Finnish courses and have been working through those in my spare time. Its refreshing to see how much Swedish I am able to understand as a result of my past study of Norwegian. ( Danish, ugh, that’s a different story. I can’t even grasp a single Danish word watching Borgen, and that has subtitles!!). I have also purchased and am eagerly awaiting the Vietnamese, Dutch and Turkish courses.
Again, I’m really impressed with the extent to which Mike is reaching with these courses. According to his website, in the next year he hopes to complete and release courses in:
Turkish, Tatar, Azeri, Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur, Kalmyk, Mongol, Manchu, Korean, Japanese.
Adyghe (Circassian), Georgian (Kartuli), Chechen
Mandarin (Mainland, Taiwan), Northern Wu (Shanghai), Southern Wu (Wenzhou), Eastern Min (Fuzhou), Southern Min (Taiwan, Chaoshan/Teochew), Hakka (Sixian, Hailuk), Yue Cantonese (Hong Kong), Tibetan, Dzongkha, Burmese.
Saisiyat, Atayal, Seediq, Truku, Sakizaya, Nataoran, Amis, Pazeh, Kaxabu, Thao, Bunun, Tsou (Cou), Kanakanavu, Hla’arua (Saaroa), Siraya, Rukai (Mantauran, Thakongavadane, Teldreka, Vedrai), Paiwan, Puyuma, Kavalan, Tao, Ilokano, Tagalog, Cebuano, Indonesian, Balinese, Javanese, Sundanese, Malay, Malagasy, Maori.
Vietnamese (Northern, Southern), Khmer (Cambodian).
Thai (Standard, Isaan), Lao
Tamil (Standard, India Colloquial, Sri Lankan), Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu, Telugu
Ossetian, Kurdish (Kurmanji, Sorani), Persian (Iran), Dari, Tajik, Pashtu, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Odia (Oriya), Bengali, Assamese, Khasi, Sylheti, Marathi.
Slovak, Czech, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian. Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish.
Romanian, Galician, Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Catalan, Spanish (Castilian), French, Italian, Albanian, Greek, Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic.
German, Dutch, Afrikaans, English (American, British, Australian, Scottish), Scots, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Bokmal, Nynorsk), Faroese, and Icelandic.
What’s amazing is not just the sheer number of languages Glossika is tackling but the fact that most of these are seldom studied languages with few educational resources. Many of these languages are also endangered which is admirable from a language preservation standpoint. What an undertaking. I highly recommend that you support Mike and Glossika in this ambitious endeavor!